Four of last year’s The Outlook For Someday (TOFS) winners are among the 20 winners named for this year’s event.
Last year, Sarah Ridsdale took the Accelerating Aotearoa Young Voices For Change Award with Whenua Finds a Future. This year, she wins with another claymation film, Dog Island Motu Piu.
Ash Bol made UNStuck last year and returns with Do You Ever Wish. Neihana Lowe made Home last year and wins again this year with Warning.
Hunter Williams took out the Connected Media Sustainable Future Award and the ocvreall winner’s gong, the Body Shop Standout Winner, with NVader last year. This year he returns with The Ultimate Sacrifice, made with Calum Davies. Although the winners now know that they’ve won, they don’t know what award they’ve won, nor whether they’ve won the Body Shop Standout Winner award.
All up, 115 entries involving 395 young people were submitted for the challenge this year, following the nationwide workshop programme. The challenge is open to young people up to the age of 24. Currently, TOFS is accepting entries for its Someday Stories initiative, announced earlier this year and open to filmmakers aged 18-29.
The winners of the top award and the NZ On Air Audience Favourite get a one-day tour of Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, Park Road Post and Stone Street Studios, including a visit to the set of Mortal Engines as part of their prize. Voting for the audience award is now open until midnight on Monday 5 December.
“For 10 years now The Outlook for Someday project has helped grow a generation of sustainability storytellers,” says project director David Jacobs. “This year’s winning film-makers represent the diversity of their generation and they are embracing challenging subject matter with powerful storytelling. It bodes well for the future of New Zealand film-making.”
This year, 13 of the 20 winning films in the 10th annual Someday Challenge have been made by young women filmmakers or teams. Six of the winning films have been made by Māori filmmakers or teams.
Check out the winning films via the links below. The Outlook For Someday will present its awards at a ceremony in Auckland on 8 December.
Alphabetically by title, the winning films are:
Avarice, Sarah Kolver (17) from Rotorua
A poetic take on the industrialisation of nature.
Behind the Eyes, a team aged 13-14 from Roxburgh Area School in Otago
A conversation starter on teenage mental health.
Do You Ever Wish, a team from Christchurch (aged 12-14)
Genre: Video Essay
Synopsis: A video essay that uses the power of community to address identity and acceptance.
Dog Island Motu Piu, Sarah Ridsdale (15) from Palmerston North
A claymation docudrama about conserving New Zealand’s native flora and fauna told through the eyes of Tua and Tara.
Elusion, Darwin Velasco (20) and Bo Treat (18) from Auckland
A drama tackling issues of poverty and identity in the modern world through an international student’s eyes.
Encore, Faga Tuigamala (16) from Auckland
A documentary exploring how young people connect with music in schools.
Glad To Sea You’re On Board, Alice Guerin (20) from Wellington
An informative call to action on over-fishing.
Harikoa, Philadelphia Mete Kingi Kingsford-Brown (15) from Otaki
An uplifting portrait of happiness sustaining people and their community.
He Kākano, a team from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Wairarapa in Masterton (aged 10-11)
A story about the importance of keeping te reo Māori alive and thriving in New Zealand.
It Can Be Different, Isla Christensen (18) from Hastings
A young woman advocates for the future of our environment.
Just Another Word, Mercedes Van Royen (12) from Timaru
Synopsis: A personal perspective on depression and suicide.
Our Superheroes, Luka Wolfgram (12) from Auckland
A documentary that raises awareness about the personal and community impact of childhood cancer.
Tama Iti, a team from Kaitaia College (aged 12-16)
A story connecting with tikanga Māori and passing on guardianship through generations.
The Demise of the Bees, a team from Pongakawa School in Te Puke (aged 7-9)
An animated insight into how our survival depends on plants, pollen, nectar and our buzzy friends.
The Juice Box Bandit, Samarah Basir (9) and Kristy Goundar (9) from Halsey Drive School in Auckland
A poetic take on the industrialisation of nature.
The New Kid, a team from Alfriston College in Auckland (aged 15-16)
A confronting depiction of high school bullying.
The Pink Triangle, Maizy Grace Kingsford-Brown Mete Kingi (13) from Otaki
A symbolic film about social diversity and inclusion.
The Ultimate Sacrifice, Hunter Williams (17) and Calum Davies (17) from Auckland
A documentary about a man who is headed to Mars, and what that means for his family and humanity.
Warning, Neihana Lowe (17) and Callum Robinson (17) from Auckland
A quirky satire about unsustainable packaging.
Wired, a team from Christchurch Girls High School (aged 15-16)
A cautionary tale about technology and the need to look up from our devices.